Re: Thanks for the welcome!
- Adele, your new project sounds wonderful, and the pictures on your
website of previous dresses are terrific!! Thanks so much for
sharing....doesn't a great deal on fabric make you happy for days!?
--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Brooke Revere <WriteMe@L...>
> Unto Matilda, Greetings!
> Adele Fontane
> (mka Brooke Revere)
> website: www.LadyBrooke.com
> See my other attempts at Tudor garb:
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "Jenny Poulin
<redisbest100@y...>" <redisbest100@y...> wrote:
> I was inspired by references to St. Catherine wheel designs andwith
> other "wheel designs" that were embroidered on royal gowns referred
> to in the book "Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince". So I've
> embroidered my navy overdress bodice in shades of gold to brown
> tendrilling wheely-spiral shapes. It is coming along very nicely.It looks great! I hope to have pictures of my super secret Twelfth
Night project once the cat is out of the bag. I tried my hand at
block printing on fabric and it's really fun - and looks wicked cool.
Jehanne de Wodeford (West)
- Matilda said:
...doesn't a great deal on fabric make you happy for days!?
It most certainly does! An interesting little phenomenon... part of the costuming addiction, I guess. :-)
"Jenny Poulin " wrote:
Adele, your new project sounds wonderful, and the pictures on your website of previous dresses are terrific!! Thanks so much for sharing....doesn't a great deal on fabric make you happy for days!?
- ...phew...is Christmas over yet?
I just wanted to thank you all for making me feel very welcome and
accepted (special cheers to Katherine and Madinia!). It has been
wonderful to read you advice, ideas, and opinions over the past few
months. It's inspiring, truly.
One of my favourite threads was started by Katherine when she asked
for people to write in with the projects on which they were currently
working. Wow. What a creative group!
Since I have felt the occasional twinge (okay...massive jolt) of
guilt over my lurking and not participating, I think that it is only
just that I share with you what I'm working on now...even though I've
missed the original thread by a couple of months *grin*.
...well, it all began when I found a table of gorgeous light-weight
wool melton (150 cm) on sale for $3.99/m....oh man...I now own 20
In October I used Dame Helen's excellent website (www.damehelen.com)
to make a set of Greenland dresses. The website instructions are very
well laid out and easy to use, even if you don't have a buddy with
you to help with the pinning, trust me. :-) The first underdress and
short-sleeve overdress set that I made was exceedingly comfortable
and the portion of navy wool melton that I bought had 'cotehardie'
written all over it. So, far be it from me to argue with the Spirit
of the Fabric...I began to design the dress I would make.
I decided to make a late 14th C front buttoning overdess with long
sleeves buttoning to the elbow, finger-length mitten cuffs, low scoop
neck and wide shoulder opening. The underdress would be made of
burnished light gold cotton, long-sleeve, bodice interlined with
canvas for support, front lacing and matching neck shape to the
I was inspired by references to St. Catherine wheel designs and
other "wheel designs" that were embroidered on royal gowns referred
to in the book "Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince". So I've
embroidered my navy overdress bodice in shades of gold to brown with
tendrilling wheely-spiral shapes. It is coming along very nicely. I
found very heavy cast silver metal buttons with spirals on them and
they look lovely on the navy.
I'm also very happy to say that a large coat liner of luscious beaver
fur has just come into my possession....and a small portion will
become a cozy liner for a matching fitted buttoned hood (see page 191
of "Texiles and Clothing 1150 - 1450"). I'm planning to make the
liner removable, but not obviously so, so that I can put it into
other hoods of the same pattern as I create them...so many hoods, so
little fur. (at this point I could go on and on about my other plans
for the remaining fur...but I'm trying to remain focussed on the
Dress...sigh...so easy to get distracted by other interesting
Anyway, my progress on the Dress is coming nicly. I'm almost done
the overdress (complete with flat-felling all the seams, which is
about a bizillion on an eight-gore Greenland dress...nod to Kass, it
IS relaxing), and the underdress just needs sleeves and lacing holes
up the front. I haven't begun designing the hood yet, but I'm trying
to stay focussed on my embroidery right now :-) so this isn't
necessarily a bad thing. I should be done soon.
Well, thanks for listening. I'm going to try to load some pictures
into a file on the group's site under Matilda Picture's. Please have
a look at my work in progress.
If anyone else has projects that they're currently working on or
planning, I'd love to read about them! (please, please!) As I get
around to cutting into the other 16 m of melton, I promise I'll share.
Cheers and Merry Christmas Is Over to one and all,
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> Well, thanks for listening. I'm going to try to load some pictureshave
> into a file on the group's site under Matilda Picture's. Please
> a look at my work in progress.I hope the list will forgive me for going back and responding to
older posts, but I'm having some computer trouble but I couldn't let
this one go by.
Matilda, I haven't yet managed to look at your photos, but I applaud
you on your project. The acquisition of the wool melton and beaver
fur alone deserved applause, but what you're planning to do with it
is enough to make an old authenticist just bawl her jaded eyes out!
What a wonderful project! Well done. Please keep us informed.